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us. >>> a chief prosecutor was arrested on tuesday on suspicion of data tampering during an investigation. sources close to the public prosecutor's office say that a colleague suspected the data tampering had occurred around february and argued with the chief prosecutor over the matter. the supreme prosecutor's office arrested tsunehiko maeda of the osaka district office on suspicion of tampering with data while investigating a ministry official suspected of fraud. the supreme prosecutor's office carried out a search of maeda's residence for more than two hours on tuesday evening. the sources say maeda's colleague pointed out that the data may have been intentionally falsified. the sources say the quarrel was reported to higher-ranking officials of the district prosecutor's office. the supreme prosecutor's office will question the officials and colleagues who worked with maeda at the osaka prosecutor's office at that time. it's also trying to find maeda's motive for tampering with the evidence. >>> more exchange events planned between japan and china have been suspended o
>>> glad you could join us on this edition of "newsline." it's friday september 24th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> japanese prime minister naoto kan and u.s. president barack obama held talks in new york on thursday. this was their second meeting since kan assumed office in june and was aimed at deepening the japan-u.s. alliance. kan was expected to explain his plan to steadily move forward with the relocation of the u.s. futenma air station in okinawa based on the bilateral agreement reached in may. he is also likely to have asked obama to help reduce the burden on the people of okinawa. the two leaders are also expected to have agreed to advance bilateral cooperation in wide-ranging areas, including the economy, security and development assistance. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the revision of the japan-u.s. security treaty. the two leaders are also likely to have exchanged views on the global economic situation. kan is believed to have explained to obama about the recent intervention by the japanese government in foreign exchange markets to st
whether he should face mandatory indictm t indictment. an issue involving the relocation of the u.s. marine corps futenma air station in okinawa also had a negative impact on the hatoyama government. the former prime minister vowed to transfer the american base outside okinawa during last year's election campaign. but last may he reversed his position. hatoyama had essentially sided with japan's biggest ally, the united states. the two countries agreed to relocate part of futenma to u.s. camp schwab, also in okinawa. the agreement prompted the social democrats to quit the democratic party's coalition government. by this time the approval rating for hatoyama's cabinet had fallen to 21%. some democratic party members became nervous because japan's upper house election was just around the corner. hatoyama stepped down together with ozawa to help the dpj regain the public's trust. with hatoyama gone, naoto kan took over, become's japan's fifth leader in just four years. but he's the first one that doesn't come from a political family. kan tried to distance himself from ozawa to show the
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